And Serenity

I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s work, and above all, of Firefly, the one show that, if it returned to television, would actually lure me back to sitting through advertisements to watch it. (In the last ten years, the only other two shows I actually made time to watch when they were being broadcast were Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel, which my two older kids and I showed up for faithfully during their entire runs.) There are other shows on television that I like: Alias, Rescue Me, The Shield. But I don’t like them enough to tolerate television shills and endless advertising to see them. I just wait until the DVD sets come out, and watch them that way.

Whedon is different. I’ve found in his television work the same touch of grace that I’ve found in some of my favorite authors — Theodore Sturgeon, Clifford Simak, Lawrence Block when he’s writing Matt Scudder. Whedon isn’t just there for the story. He’s in there for something deeper, searching for transcendence and transformation, and you walk away from his stories with more than you took into them. Whedon’s storytelling has grown and gotten deeper; the arc from Buffy through Angel to Firefly demonstrates a writer who keeps pushing himself to be better, who keeps digging deeper for characters and themes and stories, and who keeps daring to take chances.

Today, Serenity, the first movie that originated from the Firefly series, debuts in our area. We’re going to be there. I’m excited.

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9 comments… add one
  • Linda Oct 3, 2005 @ 17:28

    I slept most of the weekend, sick with a stupid head cold. I’m better now. So I’m off to see Serenity asap. I’m so glad to hear from so many people that it’s good. 🙂

  • Rick Sep 30, 2005 @ 21:41

    They can’t pick it up – Fox retains the series rights for the next ten years. If Serenity does well enough, it may become a trilogy, but Firefly will never return to the small-screen.

  • hollylisle Sep 30, 2005 @ 19:34

    There aren’t any new episodes. Insane television people cancelled the series, and no one else has had the sense to pick it up.

  • Deathbyabsurdity Sep 30, 2005 @ 19:01

    “Firefly” is now on the SciFi channel. Unfortunately, I don’t believe they are new episodes. Might want to check it out.

    Firefly on the SciFi channel

  • ankinde Sep 30, 2005 @ 18:11

    Oh yes! Joss Whedon’s my creative writing idol! I’m so glad SERENITY’s arrived ’cause I was wearing a groove in my “Firefly” dvd. I bought my ticket yesterday! d:)

  • Rick Sep 30, 2005 @ 10:30

    Every year, Holly, I find a new reason to love you. I had no idea you were a Joss-follower.

    All I can say is _rock_ on. And I’ll be hanging on the edge of my seat at the theater tonight, smiling at the thought of you guys doing the same.

  • Lanisse Sep 30, 2005 @ 10:23

    Serenity isn’t out here yet…. I am SO jealous.

  • shay Sep 30, 2005 @ 8:14

    i’ve never seen firefly or serenity but angel and buffy definately were some of my faves 🙂

  • peggy Sep 30, 2005 @ 8:03

    You’ll love it, Holly. I saw it this past Monday at a sneak preview–never having seen more than an episode or two of the series.

    I followed the characters and the plot (yes, it actually has both! What a concept) without trouble, and enjoyed the movie so much I bought the series on DVD to watch it.

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